Urban Alchemy

Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities

Afterword by Ken Doyno
Foreword by Jean Nouvel

What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time? What if cities could help each other?

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, the acclaimed author of Root Shock, uses her unique perspective as a public health psychiatrist to explore and identify ways of healing social and spatial fractures simultaneously. Using the work of French urbanist Michel Cantal-Dupart and the American urban design firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative as guides as well as urban restoration projects from France and the US as exemplary cases, Fullilove identifies nine tools that can mend our broken cities and reconnect our communities to make them whole.



Title Urban Alchemy
Subtitle Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities
Afterword by Ken Doyno
Foreword by Jean Nouvel
BISAC Subject Heading ARC000000 ARCHITECTURE
Dewey (abridged) 900-999 History, geography, (& biography)
300-399 Social sciences
BISAC Merchandising Themes List ET Cultural Heritage
TP Topical
Audience 01 General / trade
BIC time period qualifier 3J Modern period, c 1500 onwards
Credit Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Title First Published 04 June 2013
Includes Index; Bibliography; Appendices; Commentaries; Indices
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 352 p. Index . Bibliography . Appendices . Commentaries . Indices .
Product Detail Trade paperback (US)
ISBN-10 1-61332-010-8
ISBN-13 978-1-61332-010-5
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781613320105
Publication Date 04 June 2013
Publication New York, United States
Main content page count 352
Illustrations 175 Illustrations
halftones, black & white
Dimensions 6 x 9 x 0.8 in.
Weight 19.5 oz.
List Price $19.95
Format ePub
Nb of pages 352 p. Index . Bibliography . Appendices . Commentaries . Indices .
Product Detail EPUB
ISBN-10 1613320124
ISBN-13 9781613320129
Publication Date 06 April 2013
Main content page count 352
Illustrations 175 Illustrations
175 illustrations, black & white
List Price $19.95





Part I: The Madness of the Sorted-Out City

Chapter 1: From Illusion to Solution
Chapter 2: Our Hearts Inspired

Part II: Align

Chapter 3: Element 1: Keep the Whole City in Mind
Chapter 4: Element 2: Find What You're FOR
Chapter 5: Element 3: Make a Mark

Part III: Create

Chapter 6: Element 4: Unpuzzle the Fractured Space
Chapter 7: Element 5: Unslum All Neighborhoods
Chapter 8: Element 6: Create Meaningful Places
Chapter 9: Element 7: Strengthen the Region

Part IV: Connect

Chapter 10: Element 8: Show Solidarity with All Life
Chapter 11: Element 9: Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Conclusion: Give Me Your Hands


Selected Publications by Rodrick Wallace and the Community Research Group


Press Reviews

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sep 1, 2013
"Her (Mindy Fullilove's) baseline concern with the dignity and wisdom of individuals, as well as the absolute necessity of broad-based consensus building, puts her approach on a clear moral high ground to which every urban planner and builder ought to give greater commitment, because it's right and because it works.

- Charles Rosenblum

American Institute Of Architects' Oculus
Jan 29, 2015
The book is actually a collection of bright and joyous urban tales played out by Fullilove, an exuberant storyteller.
- Annie Coggan


Just Planning: The Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development
Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria, May 14-17

Spatial justice and inclusive governance as instruments of change enables actions to improve our cities. Spatial Justice refers to the promotion of access to public goods, basic services, culture, economic opportunity and healthy environments through fair and inclusive spatial planning and management of both urban and rural spaces and their resources. Inclusive governance refers to our shared belief that the voices of all citizens are vital in building equitable places.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Mindy Fullilove has dedicated her professional life toward advancing justice for all. A board-certified psychiatrist interested in the links between the environment and mental health, she has explored the mental health effects of such environmental processes as violence, rebuilding, segregation, urban renewal, and mismanaged toxins. Her widely acclaimed book Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, is just one example of her scholarship and commitment to advancing human rights.

There will be a broad, energetic discussion of how our work as planners can advance the path to create the just CITY. Along with our First Annual SCUPAD Film Festival, a Presidents' Roundtable, and our 50th Gala Celebration, the 2015 Congress promises memorable conversations with old and new friends, and opportunities to imagine how we can have an even greater impact in the places we care about.


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The Albany Roundtable Presents An Evening with Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove
University Club 141 Washington AveAlbany, NY 12210 , May 21 6-8pm

The event is open to the public, and will be held at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The meeting will take place from 6:008:00 p.m., and will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a short update on the Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series, the presentation of the Good Patroon Award, the presentation of two Albany Roundtable Scholarships for Civic Leadership, and a talk and book signing by the Visiting Speaker. Tickets are $40 and include light fare and open bar. Books will be available for $20 (including tax) courtesy of the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

Corporate sponsors for the event are: The Capital District Regional Planning Commission; The Center for Economic Growth; and the Society of Architectural Historians, Turpin Bannister Chapter.

"The Albany Roundtable has embraced the concepts of smart growth, New Urbanism and sustainability since it was founded in 1979," said Chris Hawver, president of the all-volunteer 501c3 corporation. "When Mayor Kathy Sheehan launched ReZone Albany – a major new initiative to update and streamline the city's antiquated Zoning Code – we wanted help inform the discussion. We're delighted that Dr. Fullilove is sharing her expertise with the Albany Roundtable. We hope that those who attend the program will go on to help Albany and many other Capital Region communities reach their full potential."

The Albany Roundtable's previous Visiting Speakers have included Kaid Benfield (People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities); Jeff Speck (Walkable City); John Norquist (CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism); Janet Flammang (The Taste for Civilization); Colin Beavan (No Impact Man), Jaime Correa (planner, architect and professor at the University of Miami) and others.

Tickets for the reception must be purchased by Monday, May 18. For more information, visit www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com, email albanyroundtable@yahoo.com or call The University Club at 518-463-1151.


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